Filming and Photography in the Shire


The Corangamite Shire is a film-friendly location while balancing the local amenity of residents and businesses.

The information on this page relates to commercial filming, including television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos.

Most commercial filming activities are required to apply for a permit for the use of a public space and should make contact to confirm if a permit is required. This ensures the activity is in accordance with the requirements of this council.

Do you need a permit? / Low impact filming

Most people conducting commercial filming must apply for a permit to use public space or to close the road. However, if your filming activities are minor and ‘low impact’ (see below), you won’t need to fill out the application for a permit - but you’ll still need to obtain our permission for low impact filming by contacting us on or phone 03 5593 7100.

To approve a low impact filming activity, we’ll require proof of your current public liability insurance and 10 business days’ notice.

Low impact filming activities are defined by these criteria:

  • a filming activity of six people or less (includes all production crew and talent)
  • no more than one camera, one tripod, and handheld sound recording equipment
  • public safety is maintained at all times and all public pathways, footpaths and roads must not be blocked


In August 2014 the Victorian Government passed new legislation to standardise the process for obtaining commercial filming permits on public land managed by local councils and state government agencies in Victoria.

The Filming Approval Act 2014, effective 1 March 2015, provides a framework for the approval of filming permits. It outlines eight film friendly principles and the guidelines for commercial filming on public land across the state.

Filming Permits

You need to apply for a permit for Council's for consideration. Please ensure you provide all supporting information required including copies of current insurance policies.

We will respond to your application within five business days of receiving it. Please note that if we need to make complex arrangements for your filming activity it may take us more than five days to issue a permit.

To apply for a permit, please complete our on-line application form.

Other resources and related forms

Filming Permit Fees

Fees may apply for filming permits or parking reservations. These fees are set as part of Council's Local Laws. For 2019-2020 the fee is $110.

Website: Film Victoria